BRPD, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Smithfield Foods distribute tons of food
BATON ROUGE - The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Smithfield Foods, along with the Baton Rouge Police Department, distributed food supplies until nothing was left early Saturday morning.
According to BRPD's Facebook page, volunteers went out early and worked through the weather to help load up vehicles with food as they went through the delivery line set up at BRPD Headquarters on Airline Hwy.
All supplies were exhausted by around 10 a.m., according to the post, which went on to say the food donation was "a success in helping families continue to recover from the disastrous 2016 flood."
Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes initiative donated more than 40,000 pounds of protein to Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for the mobile distribution day.
“This donation from Smithfield has helped ease the burden of so many facing hunger in our community. Smithfield has been a tremendous partner, especially during the flood, and we are grateful to receive their help once again this summer,” Michael G. Manning, president and CEO of Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank said in a news release. “We also recognize that this distribution was a success due to the generous support we received from the Baton Rouge Police Department and each of the volunteers who participated.”
The donation given by Smithfield Foods was reportedly equivalent to more than 160,000 meals, according to a news release.
“It is important to give back when you can,” Jonny Dunnam, interim chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a news release. “The Baton Rouge Police Department takes pride in making this city a better place by serving those in need.”